February 2016 Table of Contents
Keepers of the Flame
Meet the young pros upholding classic modern dance traditions.
Small but Mighty
Not sure you're a big-city dancer? Here are 12 regional companies you should consider.
Are You Ready to Go Pro?
Frank advice to help you decide if it's time to jump into a dance career.
Auditions Guide 2016
Essential info on more than 150 top-tier auditions.
What you need to know about the dance world's worker organizations.
Dance Spirit's Valentine's Day Special
Feast your eyes on some of the dreamiest—and most talented—men in dance. You're welcome.
Up Front: Buzz
New York City Ballet's Gretchen Smith talks Justin Peck's new ballet; Project Resilience's mission to support dancers in need.
Up Front: The Dirt
Alonzo King LINES Ballet's Kara Wilkes.
Letter to My Teenage Self
Choreographer Lauren Adams.
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.
Rising star Al Blackstone shares his inspirations.
The aches and pains you should never ignore; a love letter to dark chocolate.
Stand out from the audition crowd with statement-making looks.
What it's like to perform in an immersive show.
Three reasons you should consider community college.
You Should Know
Commercial cutie Soni Bringas.
Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2018 Cover Model Search finalists: Sydney Burtis, Shelby Patterson, and Jacalyn Tatro! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's October 2018 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
Because winning the Junior Division on last summer's inaugural season of "World of Dance" (suuuuuuuuuuper casual) just wasn't enough.
Dance dads are awesome for lots of reasons. They support our dreams no matter what, inspire us with their unique improv skills, prove that you really can't be tutu committed to Parents' Night at the dance studio, and have always been our first—and favorite!—dance partners.
We caught up with former Rockette Trina Simon at Showstopper's Myrtle Beach dance convention to get her expert advice on how to work as a professional dancer. Trina's work on Broadway has given her insight into the key things to focus on as a professional dancer looking for jobs and making a name for yourself, whether you are new to the world of professional dance or you have been making your way from one audition to the next for a while.
"So You Think You Can Dance" is often a launching pad for a dancer's career. While many "SYT" alums go on to perform for iconic artists or join high-profile companies, some also become choreographers—and a few even come full-circle, making dances for the show where it all began. Here are 8 talented choreographers who got their start as "SYTYCD" hopefuls.
Click here to get the inside scoop on the film High Strung: Free Dance!
Juliet Doherty has been at home in the studio and the spotlight since before she could walk. The 21-year-old comes from a long line of dancers: She practically grew up at the school her grandmother owned, Fishback Studio of the Dance in Albuquerque, NM, and her mom was her longtime teacher. As a young student, Doherty competed at the world's toughest ballet competitions and performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas SpectacularRadio City Christmas Spectacular. Eventually, she left Albuquerque to train at the San Francisco Ballet School for three years, and then she danced with Phoenix Ballet for two years.
Along the way, Doherty discovered another great love: acting. In 2014, she was part of the cast of the Susan Stroman–directed musical Little Dancer (alongside Tiler Peck). And in 2017, she appeared in her first film, On Pointe—playing, naturally, an ambitious young dancer.
Now, Doherty's on the big screen again, starring as Barlow in High Strung: Free Dance. Plus, she has a new city to call home: NYC. Doherty sat down with us to talk about the film, her transition into acting, and what's next.